Albion injury list worsens
West Brom's injury concerns have grown after James Morrison and Steven Reid became the latest casualties.
By Elliot Ball
Last Updated: 24/11/10 9:35am
West Bromwich Albion's injury concerns have grown after James Morrison and Steven Reid became the latest casualties.
Right winger Morrison is suffering from a back complaint while right-back Reid has an Achilles problem and both players have given manager Roberto Di Matteo an untimely worry.
Di Matteo, whose side suffered a 3-0 home defeat to Stoke last time out, is already without influential defender Jonas Olsson (Achilles) and striker Ishmael Miller (abdominal problem) for the trip to Everton this weekend.
And the Italian is also sweating on the fitness of Chris Brunt, with the key midfielder currently rated as 50/50 to recover from a groin ailment in time for the Goodison Park fixture.
Morrison, Reid and Brunt all missed training, but Di Matteo is hopeful they can make the matchday squad for the game against the Toffees.
"Brunt was 50/50 yesterday and we'll see how he progresses this week," the Baggies boss told the club's official website.
"Morrison fell awkwardly on Saturday. Reidy has an Achilles tendon problem that needs looking after. Jonas and Miller won't play on Saturday, the others have a chance.
"Jonas' injury is improving slowly. It's a bit frustrating because we can't really put a date on it. We have to wait and see how he improves. We're missing him."
Miller could join in training at the end of this week but Di Matteo insists they must be patient with the Baggies striker.
"We're hopeful Ishmael is going to train with the team by the end of this week," he added.
"But he's been out for a while again so he's not going to be 100 per cent match fit. We need to build him up slowly."